Friday, 21 February, 2020


London confirms first case of coronavirus, bringing United Kingdom total to 9

The patient is believed to be being treated at St Thomas HospitalMore The patient is believed to be being treated at St Thomas HospitalMore
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2020, 11:13

Meanwhile, the quarantine of 83 people being held in Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Merseyside, is expected to be lifted amid reports they have all tested negative for the covid-19 strain of the coronavirus.

Cases have been reported in several countries across the world, including India.The UK has reported a total of nine cases, including the recent case reported in London. While the risk to the general public remains low, a confirmed case in London raised concerns that there could be more cases in the densely populated area.

Three days later, the Chinese patient arrived at Lewisham Hospital in south London on Sunday night in the back of an Uber cab, in a major breach of public health advice.

"I would like to thank the clinical team who treated Mr Walsh in hospital, as well as all the NHS staff who are working hard with other health organisations to limit the spread of coronavirus and treat the small numbers who have contracted the illness", he added.

The Ritchie Street Health Centre in Islington, north London, recently posted an alarming message on its website stating it would be closed "due to the coronavirus". The patient, a woman, presented herself to Lewisham Hospital, and the medical team in attendance was given face masks and taken to a special area for further tests.

The virus-carrier was one of 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in on February 6, which was attended by Boris Johnson's Buses Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton.

Patients with suspected coronavirus have swabs taken of their nose and throat which are sent to one of 12 labs across the United Kingdom, including in ones in London.

Public Health England confirmed on Wednesday it has traced and advised all close contacts of the two Global Positioning System, including about 12 patients.

Staff at the hospital said they were anxious the patient's behaviour could have led to some of them, and some of the patients in the A&E at the time, catching coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the British government declared that the coronavirus was a "serious and imminent" threat to public health. She is believed to be a Chinese national who was living in the capital, The Guardian reported. Some are also concerned that the Uber driver who took her there may be at risk, and possibly others in his vehicle later.

As of Friday, about 1,500 people were dead and 65,000 sickened, mostly in China, with 26 other nations reporting illnesses related to COVID-19, not yet classified as a pandemic.

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